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Dice-K wants to be a San Diego Padre

What would make a big splash for the Padres? How about Daisuke Matsuzaka?

Greg Fiume

How nice is it when a proper star expresses interest in coming to San Diego? It was the feeling I got when Boomer Wells came here and it's a bit of the feeling I get in learning that Daisuke Matsuzaka has the Padres on his short list.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco Park in the first World Baseball Classic.

Sure. He's probably pulling a Petco and looking for a great place to get back on the right track to help him in the latter half of his career and Petco is just that kind of place, but if he really isn't looking for a huge contract right now, then I like imagining what our rotation might look like...

  1. Clayton Richard
  2. Dice-K
  3. Edinson Volquez
  4. Dan Haren
  5. Andrew Cashner

I don't know the details. I'm still recovering from turkey.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

#18 / Boston Red Sox



Sep 13, 1980